Interviews

Talking with singers: Erwin Schrott

Talking with singers: Erwin Schrott

"Let's face it: if we had the chance to clone ourselves in a younger self and keep our memories or our soul…I wonder how many of us will take the chance immediately."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Grace Davidson

Talking with singers: Grace Davidson

"I have always felt that Baroque music is my natural habitat. I love working with historical instrumentalists, everything about their unique colour, tone and pitch feels comfortable for me and relates to the way I sing a line or phrase."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Patrick Terry

Talking with singers: Patrick Terry

"I wish I had started to save money earlier. I wish I had invested in travel containers for toiletries earlier, because I cannot tell you how many tiny shampoos I have accumulated over the years."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Soraya Mafi

Talking with singers: Soraya Mafi

"I often take for granted how lucky we are to have access to such wonderful music and music-makers in London. The rich history of classical music in London has enabled musicians to take advantage of world-class composers, conductors, teachers and venues."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Jacquelyn Stucker

Talking with singers: Jacquelyn Stucker

"Handel wrote this role for castrato Gioacchino Conti, who was, by all accounts that I read, a complete freak of nature: he could allegedly sing high Cs (as in, C6), and while he preferred to sing roles with more lyrical material, he was known to be equally virtuosic in how he executed coloratura."

Jenna Simeonov
A Figaro for a New Generation: Victoria Stevens

A Figaro for a New Generation: Victoria Stevens

"I am also excited to have a predominantly female production team around me, made up of inspiring women with strong ideas and the conviction to realise them."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Frederica von Stade

Talking with singers: Frederica von Stade

"I've been singing from the time I was three. Singing has always been a great comfort. As a child I had a wild imagination and I was always creating little scenes. If I was playing with leaves, I would make pathways and roads."

Eva Cahen
Don't miss: The Monstrous Child

Don't miss: The Monstrous Child

Though still young, Higgins is a seasoned composer; and though there are learning curves to writing for the voice, he wisely keeps his eyes on the final product: an opera for families.

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with conductors: Michael Christie

Talking with conductors: Michael Christie

"You know, thank goodness that we're beginning to deal more and more with questions and issues of diversity. But Young Artist Programs can't deal with the diversity questions if there isn't a pipeline beforehand."

Michael Pecak
Talking with singers: Nina Stemme

Talking with singers: Nina Stemme

She cautions that even in a prestigious YAP or ensemble studio, the opera directors are juggling many priorities and they simply want "to get the most out of your voice right now."

Hannah De Priest

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